Whenever I set my laptop up at home and plug in my speakers, it makes that buzzing noise that live audio cable jacks make when they touch anything while not plugged in. Every time this happens I think of the first Foo Fighters album, which opens with a guitar being plugged in, making a similar noise. Also, my Powerbook plays a sound whenever it starts up that sounds strikingly similar to the last chord/flourish at the end of the Beatles' A Day in the Life. I'm constantly reminded of it whenever I hear either.
Global warming is upon us, whether anyone admits it or not. Are you scared? No. No one really is. Seth Godin, who is much smarter than I am, dissects the issue from a marketing standpoint…and I think that he has some great points. Here they are:
We are facing what might be the greatest threat ever to the future of mankind.
And yet no one is marching in the streets, the outrage is largely
intellectual and action is slow. (If you want to argue about the
science, please visit the link above, this is a post about the
Is the lack of outrage because of the population's decision that
this is bad science or perhaps a thoughtful reading of the existing
Actually, the vast majority of the population hasn't even thought
about the issue. The muted reaction to our impending disaster comes
down to two things:
1. the name.
Global is good.
Warm is good.
Even greenhouses are good places.
How can "global warming" be bad?
I'm not being facetious. If the problem were called "Atmosphere
cancer" or "Pollution death" the entire conversation would be framed in
a different way.
2. the pace and the images.
One degree every few years doesn't make good TV. Because activists
have been unable to tell their story with vivid images about immediate
actions, it's just human nature to avoid the issue. Why give up
something we enjoy now to make an infintesimal change in something that
is going to happen far in the future?
Click here for the rest
"refers to the collaborative but unsophisticated way in which
information is being categorized on the web. Instead of using a
centralized form of classification, users are encouraged to assign
freely chosen keywords (called tags)
to pieces of information or data, a process known as tagging. Examples
of web services that use tagging include those designed to allow users
to publish and share photographs, personal libraries, bookmarks, social software generally, and most blog software, which permits authors to assign tags to each entry."
That's interesting, because for the first time in history, the great masses are in charge of cataloging and definining things. No longer are experts needed to publish great hulking bodies of work to define the human experience for the rest of us. That's pretty exciting.
Lately I've been thinking about how YouTube.com has blown up. It has video's on just about every blog that I have been reading. They are everywhere. I stopped by their site today to find a link to that iPod designed by Microsoft video that is on Gareth Kay's blog, and I immediately saw how they've done it. They provide you with code that you can plug into your blog that creates a player that holds the video.
They've made their website viral by helping bloggers use their content. Smart.